‘Muntaka cleared’. That’s how the headlines read. The story didn’t come to me as a surprise. The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice had ‘exonerated’ former youth and sports minister, Muntaka Mubarak, of any wrong doing.
I wonder if there was any Ghanaian who had expected anything different.
A so-called pressure group, which had no link whatsoever to the alleged dealings that forced Muntaka Mubarak packing out of the sports ministry, filed the complaint at CHRAJ – without evidence. They had nothing to back their case and the two men who blew the whistle on Muntaka Mubarak were in no mood to help. They were in court fighting for their jobs after they had been hounded out of office for daring to snitch on their boss.
So, most definitely, there was no evidence for the commission to go on with. And that was exactly how the script was supposed to go. After government set on the two whistle-blowers, called them all sorts of names and forced them out of office, you don’t expect them – or anyone else – to be forthcoming with any information to ‘nail’ the man.
CHRAJ’s ruling would have been more convincing if the complaint at the commission had been filed by the men who first made the allegations against Mr. Mubarak.
Muntaka Mubarak’s whitewash, which started with the president describing his misdeeds as mere “indiscretion”, is almost complete. He has everything to be thankful for and no one can begrudge him. On the other hand, however, those who blew the whistle on him have everything to regret. I wonder if anyone would rate government’s handling of Muntaka’s ‘kyinkyinga’ scandal as an excellent example of how to deal decisively with corruption and rampant abuse of office. Whatever the case may be, I am pretty sure that we have not heard the last on this case.